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A few more days to get matching donations
Mar 26, 2017 02:37 pm | Newton PTO Council

The Newton Schools Foundation is honored for the second consecutive year to have a
very generous donor who will match up to $25,000 in contributions from the community
to the Calculus Project during the month of March.

Double your impact and donate today:

The Calculus Project has been transformational for Newton students. Since its 2013
launch, enrollment growth in high-level mathematics among traditionally
underrepresented student groups is significant:

• Hispanic student enrollment has increased 70 percent.
• African-American student enrollment has tripled.
• Low-income student enrollment has increased nine-fold!

Here’s how the program works:Calculus Project students attend intensive small-group
summer classes to preview upcoming curriculum, boost their math skills, foster
attitudes that support academic risk-taking and perseverance, and cultivate relationships among peers in the program. During the school year, students receive mentoring and after-school academic support. The program also uses lessons and activities designed to improve self-perceptions about academic accomplishment.

Your support this year will help deepen and extend the Calculus Project’s reach.
Currently serving 109 students in grades 7-10, the program will welcome a new cohort
of 30 incoming 7th graders this summer. If we successfully complete this match challenge,
the resulting $50,000 will support nearly half of the students in the Calculus Program for
this coming year—including the entire new 7th grade cohort.

At a cost of $1,000 per student for a full year of programming, the Calculus Project’s
success depends on a public-private partnership between the Newton Public Schools,
private foundations and corporate donors, and generous individuals like you.
Please help us meet the donor match challenge. Please Donate today!

After School program Open Houses
Mar 26, 2017 02:34 pm | Newton PTO Council

The Newton Highlands After-School Program, just for middle school children is hosting 3 Open House events for interested families. This is a terrific opportunity for parents of 5th graders to learn more about the program as they plan for the next school year. Please join them and see the wonderful space that is the home base of this terrific program. For more information please contact: Rochelle Acker at 617-999-4617 or or visit our website

March 27th,  April 6th,  April 9th, 5:30-6:30 pm
Brigham House, 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands

Presentation on Assistive Technology
Mar 26, 2017 02:30 pm | Newton PTO Council

The Newton Parent Advisory Council for Special Education will host a presentation on Assistive Technology. Kayla McAlister, Assistive Technology Specialist for the Newton Public Schools will speak on the technology available in the district. She will cover the definition of an AT consultation vs. an AT assessment in grades K-12.

Kayla determines which device and/or strategy is the best fit for the student by following the SETT Framework. Looking at the student, their environment, and the tasks they need in their educational setting in choosing the appropriate tool. Kayla has a BA in Psychology from Stonehill College and a M.S. Ed in Assistive Technology from Simmons College.

April 5th, 7:15 pm light refreshments and networking
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Presentation
Room 210, The Education Center, Newtonville

Conscious Parenting
Mar 25, 2017 03:13 pm | Newton PTO Council

Learn to nurture your children while establishing the boundaries they need. Conscious Parenting, based on the work of Dr. Shefali Tsabary, helps you build awareness of your values and societal pressures, and the impact they can have on your ability to see what is best for your family. Learn to accept your kids as unique individuals and support them in becoming their most authentic selves. Through in-class exercises and presentations, you’ll gain tools to set boundaries from a calm and centered place, and you’ll learn to recognize your triggers, understand your child’s behavior, and foster a greater connection between you and your child. $89.00/person. To register, visit

Four Wednesdays, April 5th – May 3rd (no class April 19), 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Newton South High School

Is Your High School Grad Ready for College?
Mar 25, 2017 02:53 pm | Newton PTO Council

Is my son or daughter even ready for college…and how will I know? How do students with learning differences and mental health disorders fare on college campuses, and what may
maximize their chances for success? Join us for an interactive talk about higher education and the myriad of pitfalls a student may encounter in college. Parents will learn about issues relating to mental health, executive functioning, and emotional development in the college student population. The talk will be led by Dr. Ilan Goldberg, a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in executive functioning and emotional development in the college student population. $20.00/person. Register at

April 6th, 7:00 pm
Newton South High School

Newton Community Preservation Committee
Mar 25, 2017 02:42 pm | Newton PTO Council

The agenda for the Newton Community Preservation Committee meeting includes discussions of general program issues and two potential projects: a pre-proposal for historic preservation and affordable housing on Auburn Street in Auburndale and updated plans for the Jackson Road New Senior Housing project in Newton Corner.

CPC pre-proposal discussions are advisory and do not include funding votes. For details, see or contact Program Manager Alice Ingerson at 617.796.1144 or

April 6th, 7:00 pm
Newton City Hall, Room 204

Sounds of Spring concert
Mar 25, 2017 02:36 pm | Newton PTO Council

You are invited to join VOICES Boston*, Brookline’s premier children’s chorus, for their annual Sounds of Spring concert. This eclectic concert will feature works from around the
world!  You can purchase your tickets here:

April 8th,  3:00 pm, First Parish in Brookline

*With singing at its core and training in dance and drama, VOICES Boston changes the lives of its children, building confidence, discipline, leadership and a love of music that will last a lifetime. VOICES Boston choristers perform a wide range of repertoire, from classical to world music, gospel to new music and present an opera every year.
For more information about performances or auditions, visit

One Voice, A Newton Family Singers Concert Benefiting Best Buddies
Mar 25, 2017 02:22 pm | Newton PTO Council

The Newton Family Singers and Team Believe have joined together to bring you a concert with a purpose.  Join the One Voice, A Concert Benefiting Best Buddies where the Newton Family Singers will sing a program of songs about strength, diversity, inclusion and friendship by an eclectic group of popular artists such as Natalie Merchant, U2, Katy Perry, Matisyahu, Carole King and many more. These songs are sure to inspire and bring joy to you and your family! Clap and sing along and learn about Best Buddies, an organization that offers friendship, employment and leadership opportunities for individuals with disabilities!

All proceeds from the show will benefit Best Buddies. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for kids. Purchase tickets to the show, or become a corporate or family sponsor, all on the web site at, or email

April 9th,  4:00 pm
Reimer-Goldstein Theater, JCC Newton, 333 Nahanton Street, Newton

JCC Kids’ Choice Passover/April Vacation Program
Mar 25, 2017 01:59 pm | Newton PTO Council

From sports to swimming to arts, dance, cooking and rock climbing, kids have their choice of activities at the JCC Kids’ Choice Passover/April Vacation Program. For boys and girls entering grades K-6 and CITs in grades 7-9 (at a reduced rate – please call for details). Special highlights include bingo bash, Spring Olympics, carnival, talent show, trip to Wheelock Family Theatre to see Charlotte’s Web, arts and crafts festival and a performance by singer-songwriter Janet Feld.

Come for one day or as many days as you would like. Kosher lunch provided during Passover! Everyone welcome. Early bird rates available. For more information, visit or contact or 617-558-6529.

Register at

Leventhal-Sidman Center, 333 Nahanton Street, Newton
April 13th-21st,  9:00 am-4:00 pm with early drop-off and extended day available.

Upcoming Programs for Teens
Mar 25, 2017 01:54 pm | Newton PTO Council

Teen Crafterhours,  meet on the second Monday of every month to make crafts and eat snacks. This month will be making bullet journals! Grades 7-12.
April 10th, 6:30 pm, second floor Teen Area

Black Out Poetry, take creativity to a whole new level with Blackout Poetry by using words on the page of a book or newspaper to create one-of-a-kind works of art. All you need is
your imagination. The rest will be provided. Learn more about the art of Blackout Poetry by visiting For ages 13 and up. Register online.
April 13th, 7:00 pm, second floor Computer Center

Get Hooked on Crochet & Knitting, join on the first and third Tuesdays of every month from 3:30-5 pm. They have crochet hooks, knitting needles, yarn and the know-how to teach the basics of crocheting and knitting. Come learn how to knit and crochet or just hang out and work on a project! Refreshments will be served. Open to ages 10-18. Register online.

Tween Crafternoons,  meet on the second Tuesday of every month to make crafts and eat snacks. This month: slime! Grades 5-7.
April 11, 3:30 pm, second floor Teen Area

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